John Riddle is a freelance writer, author, ghostwriter, editor and donut eater. As the author of 34 books (for traditional publishers), he has also worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. His byline has appeared in major publications all across the U.S., and he has written articles for over 200 Websites.
Since 1996 he has been working out of his home office in Delaware as a full time freelance writer. For nearly 15 years he taught at Christian and secular writing conferences throughout the United States.
Now that you’ve been introduced to John, let’s get to know him a little better.
Hello, John, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Thank you for having me.
What inspired you to be a writer?
When I was 17 years old I was watching an episode of “The Flying Nun.” I felt inspired to become a writer, and prayed to God to please bless me with the gift of creative communication.
I felt that my prayer was answered, and proceeded to write an 8 page episode of The Flying Nun using an old Royal Typewriter with a few bent keys. I showed it to my English teacher the next day, and asked him to read it overnight and give me his opinion.
The next day he did. He threw the manuscript at me and suggested that I “pursue a career in manual labor.” Right then and there I vowed to see my name on multiple book covers (35 to date), and to travel the country, inspiring people to become writers (I have spoken at nearly 100 conferences and events across the U.S.). I still have that copy of the manuscript!
Is writing your full-time profession?
Yes. Since 1996 I have been working out of my home office in Delaware as a full time freelance writer, author, ghostwriter and donut eater (anything to keep from getting a real job, LOL!).
How long have you been writing?
Since I was 17. I graduated from high school a few months after the Flying Nun episode, and then enlisted in the Navy (the Vietnam war was on, and I didn’t want to get drafted). During my 4 years in the Navy, I discovered Writers Digest Magazine, and eventually started getting published!
Have you won any awards?
Yes. At several conferences, and awards from various schools who loved my “I Love To Write Day” event that I launched in 2002. I wanted people of all ages to practice writing every Nov. 15. (I had a website until a few years ago; will relaunch hopefully in 2020!)
How many books have you written?
Which genre do you write?
Mostly non-fiction in the areas of business, health, self help, religion, education, and about a dozen children’s titles. I have worked as a ghostwriter on both nonfiction and novel projects.
What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?
Actually, I LOVE the challenge of researching new information!
What are you working on now?
A new children’s project that deals with “fear, confidence and hope!”
What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?
Besides cashing the checks, LOL? The “feel good” feeling you get every time a new book is released! But it’s my 35th (and first self published title) that has been bringing the most rewarding experiences. “The Flying Nun, Oprah and Me: 40 Years Making Money as a Freelance Writer (Hey, You Can Do It, Too!)”
What advice would you give to authors just starting out?
Follow your heart. Don’t take rejections personally. Not every editor knows what is best for readers. Read a lot, write a lot, and NEVER GIVE UP!
Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?
I love to write, and I want everyone else to try writing…
What message are you sharing in your books?
That anything is possible!
What are your favorite books?
The Stand by Stephen King is by far at the top of my list. I also enjoyed reading Robert B. Parker’s mystery/detective series that he wrote when he was alive.
What has influenced your writing the most?
Reading and researching new information.
When you’re not writing where can we find you?
At the beach, at the movies or just siting and relaxing.
A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?
I would bring the donuts!
An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?
Hopefully, I would wake up, LOL!
Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?
Here is the link to my Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/John-Riddle/e/B001JOYNXG?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000
Here’s my Linked In profile:
Where can we find your books?
At Amazon, Barnes and Noble, E-bay and your local used bookstore. 😊